COLLEGE IS An AWESOME ADVENTURE Filled with Lots of SUrprises…

Your place for live events, videos, and everything students & parents need to successfully navigate college search, selection, and transition!

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Whether you’re a student or a parent, college can be overwhelming at times.  I’m talking about search, selection, and the first year in college. MOST students & their parents don’t know what’s coming. No one tells you.  That’s why I created Best First Year.  I want to help you:

> Reduce stress & navigate college search & selection
> Prepare for life in college (before arriving on campus)
> Transition to life in college (AND graduate in 4 years)


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BEST FIRST YEAR 2019 Program line up

Your All-Access Pass gets you and your family seats to all live events, replays:

EVENT #1 | Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning
(for students & parents)

EVENT #2 | 17 Things You NEED to Do Before Going to College

EVENT #3 | 7 Money MUST DOs for College Students & Parents

EVENT #4 | 5 Simple Rules for College Parents

EVENT #5 | Dream It, Believe It, Make It Happen in College



I’m Harlan Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of the #1 book on college life, TEDx Speaker (watch here), and America’s Top College Life Expert. I help students and parents ease anxiety and navigate change. I call it getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. It all started after my first year in college.  I never saw it coming.  No one told me college could be so uncomfortable. I struggled to make new friends. I had a hard time getting involved. I didn’t know how to create a life for myself. I got impatient. Eventually, I transferred.  I wasted time and emotion. It cost me an extra semester of college.  I soon realized that I wasn’t alone. Over the past 20 years, I’ve written books on college life, spoken on over 500 college campuses, and helped millions of students, parents, and educators ease anxiety and simplify life in college. I’m grateful to be in your corner.

MY BOOKS: The Naked Roommate is the #1 book on college life (800,000+ copies in print). It’s used as a textbook in high school and college classrooms around the world. The Naked Roommate for Parents Only is the go-to-book for parents and is recommended by top institutions.  The Naked Roommate’s First Year Survival Workbook is used in high school and college classrooms to help students prepare, plan, and navigate all the changes ahead.

FACT: Millions of students will struggle their first year college and most have no idea it will happen to them.


  • Approximately 1 in 4 first year college students will NOT return to the same school 
  • 66% of first year students admit feeling homesick or lonely
  • 36.7 % of college students report feeling so depressed “it was difficult to function”
  • 53.4% of ALL college students admitted feeling hopeless over the past 12 months
  • Most students DO NOT graduate in 4 years (costing $70K+ college costs + lost income)

(Source: HERI data and ACHA-NCHA assessment)

High school gets students into college, but it doesn’t prepare them for what’s next.  

BEST FIRST YEAR saves students & their parents time, energy, and money.  Struggling, searching for answers, and transferring is time consuming, exhausting and expensive.


EVENT: Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning (for students and parents)

COLLEGE SEARCH & SELECTION: Harlan breaks down college search & selection while delivering a new approach that simplifies the process and empowers students to make the best college choice. Oh, and he removes a lot of the stress and anxiety.  This workshop is for students and their parents.
> All-Access Pass Required

EVENT: 17 Things You Need to Do Before Going to College

COLLEGE LIFE: It’s everything they never tell students about life in college.  AND it’s the most important stuff.  Harlan gives student (and parents) tips, strategies, and advice to prepare and plan for everything and anything in college. Students and parents are welcome.   > All-Access Pass Required

EVENT: 7 MONEY MUST DOs for Students and Their Parents

FINANCES: Harlan’s going to help you save now, spend less, and graduate with no BIG financial surprises.  No one likes financial surprises (unless it’s winning the lottery).  > All-Access Pass Required

EVENT: Five Simple Rules For Parents of College Students

PARENTING: Harlan helps parents know what’s coming and how to be the best partner during the college years.  Parents are more involved and need to know more.   > WATCH REPLAY

EVENT: Dream It, Believe It, Make It Happen

LEADERSHIP: What’s do you want to happen this year in college?  How will you make it happen? Are you prepared for the unexpected surprises along the way? Harlan delivers a step-by-step approach to tell the story of their first year in college.   Get access to the same leadership workshop Harlan presents to students, parents, and professionals.  > All-Access Pass Required


BONUS: LIVE Q & A Online Event w/Harlan

Join Harlan for an exclusive online events in 2019.  This Q&A is designed to answer all your questions and concerns in a smaller setting.

BONUS: Workbook Exercises, Roommate Contract, Resources

Get exercises to videos, exercises, and activities available from Harlan’s institutional first year success program (distributed by Kaplan Test Prep).  This is the only place for students and parents to get access to these awesome resources.

VIDEOS: 50+ Video Lessons

Use theses short video lessons throughout the year to prepare, plan, and navigate life in college.

Sample student video:


High School & College Students

Eager, excited, and sometimes anxious students heading to college


Caring and concerned parents who want their kids to be their best

Counselors & Educators

Counselors and educators who work with high school or college students

“ helps students and parents navigate the social, emotional, physical, financial, and academic changes ahead. It’s everything you need to know to help get comfortable with the uncomfortable and have the best first year in college.”  

– Harlan Cohen

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